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Journalist with the Mail on Sunday

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About Me

I am from Newcastle upon Tyne where I began my career as a teenage cub reporter in the Eighties covering births, deaths and marriages, the WI, school fairs, village fetes, leek trench warfare, prize marrow competitions and 999 calls.

Best assignment: being sent to wing walk on a Tiger Moth when the flying circus came to town. Best memory: writing my first splash on a clackety old Corona typewriter and the news editor ripping it out paragraph by paragraph to meet the front page deadline with seconds to spare. I love journalism and Fleet Street and still write stories for my living though the words ‘prize' and ‘marrow' feature less frequently in the same sentence these days.

I am married to a British Army officer I met in Iraq reporting on the 2003 Gulf War. You can read my frontline love story here and listen to me talking about our life together on Radio 4's From Our Home Correspondent here. We have two young sons and live in rural Suffolk with our Lurchers, a puppy love story which you can read here and a shifting cast of ginger cats. When I am not working or being a wife and Mum, I like to bury myself in a book, do yoga and play the drums. I play them really loudly, without mufflers, so I can’t hear other people asking me for things.

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My Work

I hold a wide ranging brief across the The Mail on Sunday where I have worked for more than 20 years since first joining national newspapers as a sharp-nibbed newshound. Today I write features, columns, colour and a bit of news too. I am co-author of the paper’s glossy Royal supplements and contribute celebrity interviews and articles about books and TV to its vibrant arts magazine Event. I am also an accomplished ghost writer.

Best assignment: after two decades too many to choose! Highlights include push-starting a small plane to leave Harare in a hurry; being sent to the Arctic ice cap in a bikini with a deck chair and a cocktail shaker (staying classy); pulling a victory roll in a WW2 Spitfire; meeting Mandela in Cape Town; flying over Marsh-Arab Iraq in the cockpit  of a Hercules listening to old disco music and bagging a seat in Westminster Abbey for the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge. Best memory: landing agape in Beirut, city of my schoolgirl Fleet Street dreams.

As the paper’s foreign correspondent I covered the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq from where my best known despatch became the finale of the BBC's mini docu-drama series 10 Days to War, starring Kenneth Branagh. You can read about my part in it here or watch the whole series here. I have addressed The Royal United Services Institute and NATO on military-media relations. Human interest stories and hard news have taken me to countries including Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh; Kashmir and Nepal; Zimbabwe, Malawi, Ghana and Morocco; Israel and the Lebanon; Russia and Kosovo, as well as much of Scandinavia, America and Europe.

I’ve twice been Highly Commended in the British Press Awards, once for Journalist of the Year and once for Foreign Correspondent of the Year.

Here is a selection of my work from the last couple of years. If there’s anything historic you would like to see please get in touch via the Contact form.


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